The Living Sisters Let Themselves Go, And Their Harmonies Are More Remarkable For It
George describes their group dynamics as "family-ish" but notes that four-part harmonies aren't easy to pull off. Further, there's clearly no frontwoman or designated spokeswoman here, which leads to four distinct answers to every question. Then there are digressions: Stark declares dreamily that she'd like to be an "orgasmic birth activist," to which George, who has three children, responds, "I don't even want to know how to give orgasmic birth."
The friendly tension The Living Sisters generate makes, in any case, for some wonderful harmonies. It's the result of listening to one another and not being too competitive. "This group makes me realize I sometimes overemphasize trying," Lilly says. "Because to be honest I have tried on [The Living Sisters] the least, and it is by far my most successful project."
George concurs. "I've been in bands where I'm on this cycle and I push too hard ... but stuff that's light has its own momentum."
This low-strain attitude informed their choice of songs for the recent EP, which includes tunes from the set list from their 2011 Patsy Cline tribute at Disney Hall.
Before long an empty wine bottle adorns the mantel, but The Living Sisters don't show any sign of turning in. It's hard to tell where they stop being colleagues and start being friends, which probably is why they succeed.